February 17, 2016

Crazy Quilting: Batik under the sea

Another block done and on its way to the next crazy quilter as part of a Round Robin: Batiks.

The request was to use white as much as possible. I also decided to use a clamshell as my repeating motif -- see stitching as well as sequins.

I used different sizes of pearls to make one seam.

I used yellow flower sequins with a clear bead to balance some of the colours in the block. The busy batik print left little room for embellishment. I tried to echo the fabric design. 

I used glitter ribbon and floss to make a fish. The clam-shaped sequin were held in place with a pearl.

January 21, 2016

Crazy Quilting: Snowing inside and out

The snow is piling up outside and on this month's crazy quilting block. 

The block came to me as part of a round robin. I chose this block that had Minnie Mouse with a stash of snowballs. 

Who has a snowball fight by themselves? I added the snow woman with her own stash of snowballs. She started as a scrap of printed material that I covered with floss. I made a tiny pom pom for her hat. 

I tried drawing the two together by adding tulle stitched in place with chain stitches. 

I filled the other blocks woth a variety of snowflakes. Some started as flower trim I snipped apart and then embroidered on. There are snowflakes made of sequins, of beads and from floss. 

I added a layer of tulle to several patches to add some of the sparkle often seen with snow. 

Almost every seam has some embroidery. I also added rickrack and beads to one block. 

The package of blocks is on its way to the next quilter.